Q. Are page or paragraph numbers used in the APA format for in-text citations if you are paraphrasing the source?
Page and paragraph numbers should be included in an in-text citation if it is a direct quote, but not for a paraphrased source.
Regardless of whether it is a quote or a paraphrase, the citation should include:
- An in-text citation with the author (or part of the title, if there is no author).
- The publication date of the source.
For example, a citation for a paraphrase may look like:
While a citation for a quotation would look like:
(Smith, 2017, p. 74).
To see more examples of APA citations, visit the library's APA Help page.
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